Who We Are

Research Information Services & Computing is organized into five departments: scientific services and infrastructure, genomics IT, specimen banking, RPDR, and research administrative systems.  These specialized applications, processes and resources support basic, biomedical and clinical research missions.

Enterprise Research Infrastructure & Services (ERIS) is composed of three service-oriented teams led by Brent Richter who directly support and collaborate with the researchers of all academic medical centers of Partners HealthCare.  ERIS provides High Performance Computing (HPC) services, bioinformatics and analysis tools, Electronic Data Capture (EDC)/survey tools, server hosting, cloud services, data storage, and consultative and contracting assistance.

  • The Centralized Systems and Services Team
  • Research Information Services & Computing Site Teams
    • MGH, BWH (RICS), Spaulding and McLean
  • The Research Computing Core Facility

The Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR) is supported by the dedicated team of nearly a dozen developers and support personnel.  RPDR is the centralized clinical data registry/warehouse directed by Research IS & Computing's Director, Shawn Murphy, M.D. The RPDR gathers data from hospital systems and stores it in one place, bringing clinical information to a researcher’s fingertips and ensuring the security of patient information. 

The Partners Healthcare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine (PCPGM)
group of eight IT members work with Sandy Aronson to translate and integrate the science of genetics and genomics into medical practice. The wave of the future, “personalized medicine” – creating a genetic and genomic profile of a patient and using it to help in diagnosis and treatment – will require increasing amounts of genetic data that must be gathered, organized, and securely stored.  PCPGM relies on ERIS to closely develop and support the infrastructure and informatics for this to happen.

The Partners HealthCare Biobank is developing the enterprise-wide systems to enable the collection, storage and distribution of specimens at Partners HealthCare. The team is driving the enhancements and integration of existing systems while developing new interfaces. The vision is to further scientific discovery by providing investigators with ready, easy access to biospecimens. The team is managed by Natalie Boutin with ERIS providing the infrastructure support.

The Research Enterprise Applications Group is composed of 22 IS and contract staff working with manager Scott McNeal. Research could not exist without the administrative applications required to manage finance, grants, IRB's, developed and supported by RAG. Infrastructure services provided by Partners IS.



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